Mar 7, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk (41) falls while trying to get past Brooklyn Nets small forward Andrei Kirilenko (47) and point guard Shaun Livingston (14) during the second half of Boston

Boston Celtics Daily Dish: The Dangers of Court-Side Billboards, And More!

Morning, Boston Celtics fans!  Hope your Tuesday is off to a solid start.

Hey – speaking of starts.  New rebuilds mean new starts for NBA franchises such as the Boston Celtics.  For those of us expecting fireworks this summer, there may be an air of disappointment hanging over our heads, since the Celtics clearly did not deliver on that front.  Even so, is it possible that the Boston Celtics ranks as one of the teams who did the most this offseason to improve the team? Actually, yes it does, according to David Aldridge:

As ever, the ground rules: these 30-team rankings are only for offseason moves, everything that teams have done since they last played a game, taking into account the Draft, free agency and trades. It is not a predicted order of finish for next season; I do not expect Boston, for example, to have a better record than the Grizzlies, nor do I think Philadelphia now has a better team than San Antonio. It’s relative.

It is as much art as science, weighing the impact both of the Draft and free agency, but also assessing whether teams got value in their free-agent signings. Overpaying the right player is as much a sin as signing the wrong player. New coaches, new GMs, new owners and new arenas are also significant factors in judging a team’s summer success, for a good coach can coax some more wins out of a roster, and a new building can generate the kind of revenue necessary to let a team be aggressive in pursuing free agents and trades — if not this season, then in future seasons. Also, teams that are rebuilding obviously have different priorities than teams making a championship push. That’s factored in.

That link I provided was for Aldridge’s top ten most improved teams; if you would like to see the middle ten and the bottom ten, well there you go!

You know it’a going to happen this season: some NBA baller is going to have a breakout season that puts him on the map for some time.  Trying to predict which players will have that sort of season, though, is next to impossible – but that never stops the people at Bleacher Report from trying!

Team USA has trimmed its roster down to 16 players – check out who made the cut, and who got axed.

Say it ain’t so!  El Hombre Indestructible is now . . . El Hombre DWI?!?

Finally, Kelly Olynyk time! Our favorite Canuck has been spending his summer playing an awful lot of basketball.  About the only thing that can stop is a court-side billboard.  See and read for yourself!

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